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Although East Atlanta was never an incorporated town, it first grew at the edge of Atlanta like a small town and it is, today, defined as being east of Moreland Avenue; south and west of I-20; and within the city limits. East Atlanta is a walkable intown neighborhood and continues to attract a range of buyers. It is comprised mainly of single-family homes although there are a few condos. In the last 15 years, there have also been numerous infill houses built.
The Porch Press neighborhood newspaper distributes by mail to around 2,000 households in the East Atlanta neighborhood. Home prices are usually determined by street and by size. Prior to the recession, homes sold for $80,000 to $600,000. Since then, houses under $300,000 have been the fastest to move. Investors have also been buying fixer-uppers, enlarging them, remodeling them and putting them back on the market, usually trying to stay just over or under the $300,000 price point, according to resident Henry Bryant, who is currently working on a book about the history of East Atlanta.
East Atlanta Village is a triangle formed by Moreland Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Avenue. Within its bounds are two banks, three insurance companies, three real estate companies, a coffee shop, multiple restaurants and bars. Less than a mile to the north is the Edgewood Retail District with a Target, Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s, Best Buy, banks, eateries and a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Three major grocery stores are located within a mile. The community is also near Atlanta Medical Center, Grady Hospital and Emory Midtown Hospital.
Public tennis courts are located within the neighborhood in Brownwood Park, which is a 13-acre city green space with a recreation center, picnic pavilion, children's playground, tennis and basketball courts. Half of the park is undeveloped with a nature walk running through it and it is located one block from the East Atlanta Village.
The public schools serving East Atlanta are Burgess-Peterson Academy, Coan Middle and Maynard Jackson High School.